States across the country are taking action to enact clean slate policies. This toolkit includes the following ways to join the campaign and take action: talking points, frequently asked questions, sample op-eds, sample letters to the editor, and sample social media and shareable graphics.
The Washington Post covered the launch of a nationwide Clean Slate campaign in an exclusive story—highlighting the involvement of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, along with organizations on both sides of the aisle. “Groups with ties to technology titan Mark Zuckerberg are getting even more involved in the political arena, throwing their weight behind a new initiative that would automatically clear the criminal records of eligible offenders without them having to go through a lengthy legal process,” the Post writes.
NFL players Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith voice their support for Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act. Jenkins and Smith, both players with ties to the Philadelphia community, explain why clean slate is a game-changer for millions of Pennsylvanians and their families. With a clean slate, people who need opportunities will no longer be held back by a past mistake.
This first-of-its-kind study offers policy recommendations for eliminating unnecessary barriers and legal restrictions associated with a criminal record, based on the real-life experiences of justice-involved Californians and the challenges they face. Survey data show that more than three-quarters of people with records have faced roadblocks to opportunity, including nearly half that report difficulty finding employment and one-quarter who struggle to find housing. Solutions such as automated record-clearing and streamlined expungement processes can help ensure that millions of Americans are able to get the second chance they deserve.
U.S. Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Rod Blum (R-IA) announce the introduction of the Clean Slate Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill that automatically seals all federal criminal records for marijuana charges or other minor drug-related offenses. The Clean Slate Act will expand access to employment, housing, and education for everyday Americans with criminal records, and will help employers fill the 6.7 million job vacancies nationwide. And importantly, the Clean Slate Act is a step toward reversing the harmful consequences and long-term barriers created by U.S. drug enforcement policies over the past several decades.